Judge will hear inquests on Tunisia victims

THE inquests into the deaths of 30 Britons in June’s Tunisia terror attack will be heard by a crown court judge.

Tributes on the beach in Sousse, Tunisia were 38 holidaymakers were shot dead

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith, who sits at Southwark Crown Court in London, will conduct the official investigations into deaths of the UK victims of the mass killing in the Mediterranean resort town of Sousse, Chief Coroner Judge Peter Thornton QC has announced.

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The bloody attack by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui claimed a total of 38 lives, with terror group Islamic State claiming responsibility.

The victims included Leeds couple Christopher and Sharon Bell, of Killingbeck; 72-year-old grandfather Bruce Wilkinson, from Goole; and Claire Windass, 54, a mother, from Hull.

Judge Loraine-Smith was nominated to take on the role by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd after consultation with the Lord Chancellor, Justice Secretary Michael Gove.